Low-thrust transfer between Jovian moons using manifolds

Keita Tanaka, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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The development of electric propulsion systems such as ion engines has brought low-thrust control into practical use. This has made the design of spacecraft trajectories with low continuous thrust more and more demanding. This work concerns low-energy transfer trajectories between the Jupiter satellites using effectively the n-body dynamics in the Jupiter system and low-thrust controls. To analyze the dynamics of n-body models, we use the three-body problem as a model and apply the patched three-body approximation. We also use invariant manifold tubes and the result provides how to connect two different manifolds with low-thrust, low-energy trajectories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2011 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 2011 Feb 132011 Feb 17

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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